Daytona Beach, FL — Whether you ride a Honda or Harley, Victory or Valkyrie, Yamaha or Ural, you’ve probably done something to your machine to make it uniquely your own. Stock is merely a starting point — a blank canvas, if you will. Chrome tsotskes, leather fringe, and custom paint are all things bikers do to make their rides stand out. Even a personalized license plate can make a difference.

This morning, I walked around Main and Beach Streets in Daytona, shooting some photos of distinctive paint jobs and other geegaws. This is by no means an in-depth study; it’s merely a sample of what you’ll find walking around — part of what makes Bike Week Bike Week.

Along Main, one custom paint job in particular caught my eye — a tropical scene with sandy beach, blue waters and palm trees in a sunset silhouette. ¬†That’s what the Travelin’ Gringo is all about, after all! Tima Ford of Independence, MO had artist Bob Bonds paint the custom scene on the tank of her ’07 Suzuki Boulevard. “I can look at it and feel like I’m right there,” she says. “I don’t know exactly where it is, but I’ll be there someday.”

From the looks of that beach, I’d love to be there too.

It's the "Luv Machine!"

Captain America replica


About Glen Abbott
Glen Abbott is a Florida-based travel writer & photographer specializing in motorcycle touring and travel. He is a columnist for Harley-Davidson's HOG and American Iron's Motorcycle Bagger, and his travel features appear regularly in those and other publications.

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7 Comments
  1. Grace

    March 9, 2011

    I like the “luv machine” Have you ever thought of doing artwork on yours? Have Traveling Ringo blaze across your shiny bike?
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  2. Michael Figueiredo

    March 9, 2011

    Those are very beautiful paint jobs. I agree with you–I really like the sunset/beach one!
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    • Travelin' Gringo

      March 9, 2011

      I really love to see how people personalize their bikes — you see just about anything you could imagine in Daytona!

  3. Norbert

    March 9, 2011

    Now a day art can be found anywhere, even on bikes!! There are some pretty cool designs here.
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    • Travelin' Gringo

      March 9, 2011

      That’s true, some of the custom paint jobs really are works of art!

  4. inka

    March 9, 2011

    Bikers are artists, individualists and very special people.
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